With dedicated specialist staff and a stunning refurbishment of the Senior School gym, strength and conditioning has entered a new era at Churchie.
The strength and conditioning (S&C) programme at Churchie has evolved considerably since humble beginnings in the Preparatory School Campbell Centre. The Sir John Pidgeon Sports Complex in 2009 included a gymnasium and, more recently, in 2019 the gym received a significant refurbishment.
The current facility is state of the art, with cutting-edge equipment and innovative training spaces. Upgrades have included a 15-metre artificial-turf sled track, multi-purpose lifting platforms, performance Wattbikes and contemporary rubber flooring.
The gym area is designed not only for performance and development but also to enhance capacity while emphasising safety for adolescent resistance training.
The S&C programme has an expert team led by Director of Strength and Conditioning Shaun McLean (Old Boy 1998). The team includes Head Coach Jarrad Boswell and eight casual staff. This dedicated team works across the sports and activities with tailored programmes, as well as serving the broader Senior School student population through general health and wellness sessions and high‑risk programmes.
The S&C facilities and expertise at Churchie have also attracted the attention of professional sporting teams from across the globe, including the Wallabies, All Blacks, British and Irish Lions, Springboks, Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels.
With international partnerships, world-class facilities and an expert team, we will certainly see S&C at Churchie continue to flourish for the benefit of our athletes and sporting programmes.
Jarrad Boswell and Shaun McLean